Current and Returning Students

Interested in living in a vibrant community where your fellow classmates are right down the hall? Want the convenience of living close to your classes, dining facilities, and study spaces? If you answered yes, then Campus Housing is here to help you find the perfect on-campus home! You may want to check out all of the options available to you by visiting our Residence Hall Information page. If you would like information about housing accommodations please visit the Center for Disability Services. To view policies and procedures for students living in on-campus housing, visit Residence Life.

IMPORTANT NOTE about limited housing for 2022-2023 academic year

Beginning this fall, McAlister Hall will be renovated, which we’re very excited about. With its closure for the 2022-2023 academic year, however, we will have fewer spaces available for students who wish to live on campus.

Read more about limited housing for 2022-2023.

 

How to Apply for Fall Housing

Financial Aid

Housing Accommodations

Cancellation

Off-Campus Housing List

How to Apply for Fall Housing

Note: Before proceeding, please read the important note above about limited housing for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Please review the 2022-2023 Housing Contract (PDF), which you will sign during the housing application process. The housing contract is binding for the entire academic year (both fall and spring semesters). 

The process for 2022-2023 is different than most years.

PRE-APPLICATION REQUEST FOR HOUSING 

Beginning February 1, 2022, at 9 a.m. all current students who are interested in on-campus housing for the 2022-2023 academic year will need to submit a Request for Housing form. (Note: students in Pre-Approved Housing Categories, below, and incoming freshmen will not need to submit this request.) To access the form, log into the MyHousing/Dining portal and click the Apply for Housing button. 

  • This Request for Housing form must be completed by February 8, 2022, for you to be considered to apply for housing.  
  • The form will include a section regarding extenuating circumstances, should you have any. 
  • All students will be notified by February 24, 2022, via email from Campus Housing regarding their eligibility status. If you are eligible to apply for housing based on your earned credit hours or extenuating circumstances, you will need to complete your housing application by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 28.   

2022-2023 Sophomores (15 or fewer earned credit hours as of December 2021) 

  • As noted in the pre-application request section above, sophomores who are interested in on-campus housing for the 2022-2023 academic year will need to submit the Request for Housing form.  
  • Please pay careful attention to deadlines.  
  • Students in Pre-Approved Housing Categories, below, will not need to submit this form. 
  • Since we do not expect to have enough spaces for all interested sophomores, they will be prioritized for housing beginning with those students who have fewer credit hours and then those who have extenuating circumstances.  

Read below for information about Nonrefundable Housing Prepayment and Fees 

Reminder: The number of private beds on campus will be minimal. If a private room is important to you, you should look off campus. 

2022-2023 Upperclassmen (16+ earned credit hours as of December 2021) 

  • Upperclassmen in Pre-Approved Housing Categories, below, can apply for housing for the 2022-2023 academic year. They will receive an email from Campus Housing with next steps.  
  • As noted in the pre-application request section above, upperclassmen who have extenuating circumstances will need to submit the Request for Housing form.  
  • We cannot guarantee housing for these circumstances but will attempt to accommodate students as space permits. 
  • No other upperclassmen will be considered for housing. 

Read below for information about Nonrefundable Housing Prepayment and Fees 

Pre-Approved Housing Categories 

Students in the following housing categories – regardless of credit hours earned – will be pre-approved to apply for housing for the 2022-2023 academic year beginning February 1 at 9 a.m. They do not need to complete the Request for Housing form. They include the following:  

  • students living in College-owned Greek housing  
  • students living in one of the three themed historic houses 
    • Women's and Gender Studies House 
    • La Maison Française  
    • La Casa Hispana 
  • Resident Assistants 
  • Returning Meeting Street Scholars 

Nonrefundable Housing Prepayment and Fees 

Sophomores or upperclassmen who receive notification that they are eligible to apply for housing, note that, because of the limited beds available, the $200 housing prepayment and $50 housing application fee they then pay during the application process will be nonrefundable.

Roommate Groups 

Roommate groups can only be formed among students who have completed a housing application, which means they’ll need to have been approved to apply for housing. Upperclassmen will not be able to form a roommate group with freshmen or sophomores solely to secure housing. 

Additional information about roommates and room selection will be communicated directly with returning students who are eligible to apply. 

Financial Aid

2022-2023 FAFSA 

It is our strong recommendation that any student who would like to be considered for housing for financial reasons submit their 2022-2023 FAFSA no later than February 2.

The following information is from the Office of Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs:

  • Students who live off campus may be able to use any excess financial aid to pay for off-campus living expenses. Once we disburse financial aid to a student account, all institutional charges are covered first (which is usually tuition and fees, and any campus meal plans). After institutional charges have been satisfied, if the student has an excess balance, the Treasurer’s Office will process student/parent refunds. These excess refunds may be used to help with the student’s off-campus living expenses. Financial Aid refunds are processed just prior to the start of classes.

  • If you have not yet set up a direct deposit, which is the fastest way to receive your refund, please click on the following link: How do I set-up a refund direct deposit account?  

  • If you have already set up a direct deposit. you do not have to do anything further.

Every student’s financial aid situation is different, of course. If you have further questions about your financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs at financialaid@cofc.edu or 843.953.5540. 

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Housing Accommodations

Campus Housing recognizes the needs of students with disabilities. We work in conjunction with the Center for Disability Services to coordinate proper facilities and arrangements for students with a documented disability. Returning students must apply for housing accommodations by March 10. Please contact Disability Services at 843.953.1431 to learn how to apply. You can also find more information at Center for Disability Services.

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Cancellation

If necessary, you may cancel your housing application and bed space online using the CANCELLATION button on the homepage of the MyHousing/Dining portal. The cancellation will be timestamped and processed as soon as possible. If you leave the College for any reason (withdrawal, transfer, leave of absence, graduation, academic dismissal, etc.), please cancel your housing application online immediately. Notifying another campus department of your reason does not automatically cancel your housing application and room reservation. Cancellation penalties will apply based on the date of cancellation.

February 1 – March 31, 2022: Students may cancel their housing contract during this time; however, a cancellation penalty of $200 will be charged to the student’s eBill account. The cancellation must be received via the MyHousing/Dining portal by March 31, 2022.

April 1 – May 31, 2022: Students may cancel their housing contract during this time; however, a cancellation penalty of $500 will be charged to the student’s eBill account. The cancellation must be received via the MyHousing/Dining portal by May 31, 2022.

June 1 – August 19, 2022: Students may cancel their housing contract during this time; however, a cancellation penalty of $1,000 will be charged to the student’s eBill account. The cancellation must be received via the MyHousing/Dining portal by August 19, 2022.

If you have any questions regarding the housing application process, please feel free to contact Campus Housing via email at housing@cofc.edu, phone at 843.953.2015, or in person at 40 Coming Street.

Off-Campus Housing List

If you are thinking about off-campus housing, we’ve provided an overview of some of the larger housing providers in our area below, which are located within approximately two miles of campus. These are not affiliated with the College of Charleston in any way, and we cannot and do not endorse or recommend any specific provider. We are simply providing this limited information as a mere courtesy. 

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